Compared to the reception of the Air Tuned Max’s return, news of an Air Kukini comeback hasn’t received much love from most sneakerheads. There are, however, a loud and elated few who more than make up for the lack of applause, as these same people have awaited a Retro for many, many years. And alongside the make-ups already revealed, the silhouette will soon release in a “Triple Black” colorway.
The Nike Air Kukini was first released in 2000. It was designed as a barefoot running shoe, with a minimalistic design and a close-to-the-ground feel. In addition to a new upper design, the 2006 Nike Kukini update included a more cushioned sole. The Kukini has been praised for its comfort and light weight, and is a popular choice for runners and triathletes.
Designed by Sean McDowell, who was responsible for the ever-beloved Air Max Plus, the Air Kukini was one of the most interesting sneakers to come out in the early 2000s. A part of the now defunct Alpha Project, the shoe features a laceless construction with a webbed overlay that draws inspiration from speed suit worn by Olympic skier Picabo Street. Here, this cage is clad in a dark black shade, matching both the upper underneath as well as the sole unit below.
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